The woman hit by a stray bullet during a football game at a South Los Angeles high school on Friday night is a school employee, officials said.
The shooting occurred as Maya Angelou Community High School was hosting a game on its campus against Watts Verbum Dei Jesuit School. At approximately 9:20 p.m., shots were fired in the area of 52nd Street and Avalon Boulevard, northeast of the football field.
Officers at the game discovered a woman with gunshot wounds on the field, according to school district officials. The police and medical personnel present at the scene provided medical care to the victim until he was transported to hospital, where his condition was stable.
In a letter to parents and staff, high school principal José Meza Sanchez said the victim was hit by a stray bullet and investigators do not believe she was targeted.
“This investigation is ongoing and our thoughts are with the victim and his family,” he said in the letter.
“On Monday, crisis counselors will be available for anyone who may need help, and school police will organize additional patrols around our campus. The safety and well-being of our students and staff remains our top priority.
According to police sources, the victim is a member of the school staff. She has not been identified. Los Angeles Unified School District officials declined to comment, citing employee confidentiality.
As of Saturday, no one had been arrested in connection with the shooting, a Los Angeles police spokesman said.
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